Lexus on the Moon

For reasons that ought to be obvious, flying cars are an even dumber idea than rolling cars. But the trope, which dates back to at least 1927, continues, even at this seemingly very late date. The suggestion that automobiles are futuristic, rather than sociopathic, ecocidal, and outdated, is simply too tempting to pass up.

The latest trend is to roll the “flying cars” trope up into space, in fact.

Here is Lexus trying its hand:

This stuff will horrify our grandchildren, if we manage to bequeath them a world still capable of sustaining literacy and the study of history.

When the Vapor Meets the Road

Remember these?:

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The left image shows Chevy’s erstwhile claim that its Volt model would be getting 230 MPG. The right one is the EPA playing along and saying it would be getting some blend of 93 and 37 MPG.

Now that the Volt exists (albeit barely, and without its promised all-electric power system) in the real world, what MPG does it actually get?

41, according to edmunds.com.

Neither the miniscule sales nor the pathetic results, of course, are stopping GM from exploiting the contraption as halo-ware. [Note the highly curious inclusion in this ad of almost-questions about why the Volt isn’t all-electric. What’s up with that?]